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Adéle du Plessis, Wobbly Cup Small
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About the work
  • Medium

    Painting : tempera, coffee

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    9.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch

  • Support

    Painting on cardboard + canvas

  • Framing

    Silver aluminium aluminium mounted

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    10.2 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Kartel Kopje - After Emma Sophia Grout
    Kartel Kopje (Klein) 2020 is new acrylic on canvas painting by contemporary South African artist Adéle du Plessis. During March and April 2020, Adéle sketched and walked every day with her daughter artist Nicole Sciarone in Delft. From this drawing exercise, Adéle painted a series of paintings.

    She plays with Plato's philosophy about Art and Mimesis. Plato didn't like art. He argued that it does not belong to an intellectual society. Art was too far removed from reality to be of any value. Adéle has played with this century-old argument in her sketches her paintings of those sketches. Too read more about Plato's argument about art and how Adéle plays with his rules about art, read the exhibition: Drawn at Home.



    "Kartel Kopje" is Afrikaans and Dutch for a cup with grooves in it. In Kartel Kopje (Groot) you can read more about the meaning and associations of the painting's title.



    Adéle has been using coffee grounds and white paint to create a thickly textured layer under many of her paintings. Recently she has been painting layers, and layers of colours on the background. Like in Kartel Kopje (Klein), she paints the final painting or paints it with a layer of silver. She then takes a sand grinder and sands her painting down, revealing the layers of paint and coffee underneath the final painting.

    In the 1940s, an art movement grew that we see the final subject when we look at a painting. We are unaware of the painting's materiality—the back of the painting, the layers underneath. Attracting the awareness of the space art takes and can take is called Spatialism. Most people will know Spatialism from the slashed canvases of Lucio Fontana. Who is also the creator of this movement.
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Adéle du Plessis

South Africa Born in: 1969

Adéle du Plessis

The Artist Sheet of Adéle du Plessis. Let us get to meet the lady behind the art.


Who is she artistically?

She is a Painter and sculptor, or wherever the creative process takes her. Found Cities 2017 is a good example of an intersection of her different creative talents.


What is her style?

Broad brush strokes with a lot of texture. Colourful, interplay between pastels and saturated primary colours. Dreamer 2018 is a great example of her use of pastels and Museum Café Groningen 2017 a great example of her use of saturated colours and broad brush strokes.


Why is her style special?

Her work is easy to look at, explores art history through your own technique as well as researching small details of life that are distilled pieces of a greater emotion or life. The style is also familiar to many and painted in the style of Expressionist and Impressionist from the 20th century.


Museum Café Groningen 2017 combines her own life as an artist, an art lover, Art History, art institutions and the art community in one picture. She has a beautiful way of creating meta view of the world and art in small moments captured in painting.


What are your qualifications as an artist?

Studied Art at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, been making art for more than 30 years. Will paint anything from walls, to tables, to body casts to floors. The painting process is always ongoing.


Du Plessis is inspired by the world she lives in and her technique reflecting what she has absorbed. An example hereof is her Stained Glass piece which she created after her trip to Reims, France.



What does your art mean to you?

Art allows for small fragments of yourself that does not conjunct with society and it needs a voice, art gives it a language. Creating art settles mind and spirit. Finally the unsaid is given a voice.


In 2012, Du Plessis did an exercise in loosening creative energy and in retrospect also tapping into the subconscious. Her Unnamed painting was the culmination of a process of hundreds of art work on paper. It was a constant process with varying results on stack and stacks of roughly A3 paper and finally this painting.

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